So Sutter is slowly on the way out as Flames GM, and the first indication of that is the hiring of his eventual replacement.
Or is it?
Perhaps this has been coming for a while and Sutter has been intentionally toileting this team so he can go back to the farm and not have to deal with the media any more. Can’t you just see that upcoming honorary Mensa membership in those eyes?
Perhaps not. But no one can deny that his was a great GM. Now he just needs an assistant to keep him from doing certain Darryl Sutter-type things.
Let’s instead focus on what an Assistant GM does. Provide coffee and advice to the Master GM? Maybe it’d be fun (and painful) to jot down the top bits of advice that Feaster would have provided to Sutter, if he were actually around to do so.
“Actually Sutts, I think $3M for Kotalik is a bit steep.”
“I don’t think he still even owns a concrete business Darryl, why would you think to exchange 9 yards for a tryout?”
“Darryl, your brother Gary called again. I told him you tried but there just isn’t space in the payroll right now.”
“No Sutter No! That’s the same Jokinen you just got rid of!”
“Hey, wanna see my 2004 Stanley Cup ring?”
But as they say, better late than never! And and least there someone in the office to keep Darryl from trading players for magic beans.